Re: Hyperbole and Stereotyping For Humor

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 11:21:46 MST

Since I also grew up and live in a rural environment, I don't have a
problem with redneck/white trash jokes in the least, so long as they
remain in the realm of jokes and are not used in what should be serious
discussion to denigrate opposing views, a problem which should be
considered wrong and bad debating no matter what side starts it. For
example, the constant use of denigrating redneck stereotypes by anti-g_n
debaters to belittle their opponents.

Terry Donaghe wrote:
> I apologize to those who found my silly posts to be offensive. As a native
> Mississippian, I feel that I have the right to make fun of my fellow deep
> south friends/family, or at least I should be allowed to use that fact as an
> excuse ;). I didn't mean to be offensive, simply humorous. Many comedians
> use hyperbole and stereotyping as a tool in making people laugh. I can
> certainly see how, if the post concerning "white trash" was read by someone
> without a sense of humor, that person could easily have been offended or
> felt that I was being mean spirited or even classist or racist. If that was
> the case for you, I apologize for offending your delicate sensibilities.
> Please add my name to your filter list and/or disregard any further posting
> of mine, as it may contain some pathetic attempt at humor. I can't imagine
> living in a humor free world - it sounds very sad and lonely.
> In the future I will both attempt to stimulate interesting conversation as
> well as post silly nonsense. I hope that the powers that be don't decide
> that this must be a humor free list. I will try not to be so directly
> offensive next time, and those of you who were offended, please give me the
> benefit of a doubt or simply don't read my posts next time.
> Terry

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